Saturday, August 8, 2015

More or less closing this blog and Blooming 9 Patch from Paula Nadelstern fabrics

While still posting the occasional picture or message, I'm officially putting this blog on pause.
Here are some pics of my latest quilt. Thanks for reading.

This is a Blooming Nine Patch made from a Cotton Club fabric kit at
The kit itself is Paula Nadelstern fabrics (remember my puzzle quilt?) in the Palindrome Fire line.
I LOVED making this quilt. Cotton Club delivered a great set of fabrics and I never had problems with enough fabric to make the fussy cuts I wanted to make (see the detail photos below).

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shark washcloth pattern

Jessica of Running with scissors has a wonderful shark washcloth pattern (also a crocodile and a fish).
I put one together this morning, very easy. If you plan for adults to use this, make sure it's wide enough to accommodate their hands. The size I cut was as wide as an A4 sheet of paper, and I can't get my thumb in.

My seams were double-stitched with a zigzag, which helps keep in the bits and pieces of the cut terry cloth. It would be a great serger project. Also, if this is for a baby gift, make sure you use laundry soap that has no perfumes, etc. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nadelstern Puzzle Quilt class - more is more!!!

At the Karlsruhe Nadelwelt quilt show, Paula Nadelstern gave classes as well as displayed some of her finest quilts. I had the pleasure of taking her Puzzle Quilt class.
This class is based on several of her design principles, including:
  • Use kaleidoscope techniques and ideas on simple blocks to create your own unique designs
  • Use complex fabrics to create visual interest
  • Enjoy the process of using coordinating fabrics to hide the block seams, creating a different block
We were also treated to a personal tour of her quilts on display at the show, she even showed us a few of her quilt label signature blocks.

Here are a few pictures from the class, the blue-green block is mine.
The Puzzle Quilt book is good to buy and read before class, the teaching reinforces the book.

I can heartily recommend this class if you want to enhance your design skills and love playing with the patterns on the fabric.
One thing I miss is seeing quilts by students who have learned these techniques in the internet. Her quilts are samplers of the blocks, done in her current fabric line. Let me know if you see anyone who's used these techniques.
My quilt (only 1 block so far) will not be a puzzle quilt, but rather a design using the techniques I learned to make a quilt I love.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cathedral window pincushion and thread catchers

One of my online groups had a sew-along this month, cathedral windows. I made a pincushion using a tutorial:
The pins don't go in so well, which is too bad, because I like this pincushion pretty well.

Also made some thread catchers using the red hen tutorial. I changed it up quite a bit, but this tute works well anyway.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 results

Last October, I started listing my projects in an excel workbook. Here's the status since that time. There are almost 50 projects on the list, and a steady progress to completing them.
This really helps me keep an overview of my work, and it's much easier than it used to be to choose the next activity.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thread catchers

Fun, fun, fun! and easy too.


Here's how:
  1. Take a hoop about 4 inches in diameter (e.g. cut out of a yogurt container, boning (used for corsets), or the inside of an embroidery hoop. Hoop should be no more than about 1/2 inch high.
  2. Cut a circle out of Decovil that fits inside the hoop. 
  3. Cut one piece of batting the same size
  4. Cut 2 circles out of fabric 1 inch larger than the Decovil
  5. Use the yo-yo making method to cover the Decovil with one piece of fabric and the other piece of fabric covers the batting. Sew both yo-yos together to make a padded disc.
  6. Cut a piece of fabric about 9 inches by about 14 inches (for a 4 inch hoop). The 9 inches is a little more than twice the height of your finished basket.
  7. Fold the long edges over 1/4 inch and press
  8. Sew the short ends together, forming a cylinder. Do not turn right side out. 
  9. Position the hoop in the middle of the fabric cylinder and fold the cylinder over so the hoop is in the center and the two edges are aligned.
  10. Stitch the hoop tightly in place.
  11. Sew the inside of the hoop to the top of the padded fabric disc (the padded side)
  12. Sew the outside to the bottom of the disc. 
  13. Close the thread catcher by twisting the hoop and pressing it down over the disc. It should fit snugly.
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